Bracelets are one of the most balanced pieces of jewelry you can wear. They’re not as prominent as a bold chain, yet they’re also not as subtle as something like a gold band ring. For that reason, they are easy pieces to pull off, especially for people who are new to wearing bling.
There are many different types of bracelets that you can dawn on your wrist, but the best ones are covered in diamonds. And there’s no better way to feel the luminance all around your hands than with a stunning tennis bracelet.
It’s hard to go wrong when it comes to buying a tennis bracelet, but you can maximize your purchase by keeping a few things in mind.
Here’s your one-stop guide to buying tennis bracelets:
What Is a Tennis Bracelet?
Don’t worry — you don’t need to be the next Wimbledon champion to sport one of the most well-known jewelry items in the game. With that said, the origins of this bracelet began during a tennis match.
In 1987 in the U.S. Open, tennis player Chris Evert was in the middle of an extremely important match. However, her diamond bracelet came unclasped in the middle of the game, and she had to request a pause so she’d be able to recover the lost pieces.
Since then, this specific style of wristwear has sustained popularity throughout generations. Tennis bracelets are a bit different from usual bracelets because the diamonds themselves act as the “chain links” rather than traditional links in most other pieces.
This makes them look especially stunning, but as proven by Evert, they’re also very fragile. That’s why you need to make sure you get a high-quality piece so that you don’t need to worry about losing your gems.
Checking Diamond Quality
Tennis bracelets are composed of two main factors that you’ll want to pay attention to when purchasing. Arguably the most important is the diamond quality, as this is what will make your piece (literally) shine.
The best way to assess your diamond’s quality is with the “Four C’s” of diamond buying: clarity, color, cut, and carat.
Clarityrefers to the diamond’s inclusions or blemishes. Some diamonds have internal scratches that can make their reflective nature less stunning. Typically, blemishes and inclusions can’t even be noticed with the naked eye.
Look for signatures such as VS, which means very small inclusions to ensure that you’re getting a high-quality piece.
- Coloractually refers to thecolorlessnessof a diamond. Some diamonds are naturally yellowish or brown, but the best tennis bracelets have translucent gems that look like royalty.
- Cut is essentially the shape of the diamond. This comes down to personal preference. Most tennis bracelets are round cut, meaning that the gems are circular. However, you can also find some with oval cuts or even marquise cuts.
- Caratrefers to the size of the gem. If you want to keep your bracelet understated and sophisticated, you may want a smaller caratage. But if your goal is to make waves and lasting impressions, then definitely go for something in a larger size.
The Four C’s of diamonds also apply to stunning cubic zirconia(CZ), a stone we use at 6 Ice.
Don’t Forget the Base Metal
The diamonds in your tennis bracelet need to be held together somehow. This is the job for the base metal that acts as a structural element to your diamonds. It’s the second component that you’ll want to pay a lot of attention to.
Typically, tennis bracelets will use white gold or traditional gold as the base metal, and neither is better than the other. This step is pretty much reliant on your personal choices, but each can have a different effect on your overall appearance.
Traditional 18k gold has the iconic brassy luster that’s reminiscent of kings, queens, and hip hop icons of the 80s. It’s a classic look that can act as a good contrast to the diamonds on the bracelet itself. Not to mention, traditional gold can make the diamonds pop even more. This is a good choice if you think you’ll be wearing your piece for social gatherings rather than professional interactions.
However, white gold base metals act as a seamless transition between every single gem, making the piece look uniform and polished. These are great choices if you’re looking to make a suit and tie look extra suave or if you want to make a more subtle impression on the people you meet.
Keep Your Eyes on the Size
The appearance of your piece isn’t the only thing that matters: you need to make sure that it actually fits around your wrist, too. While bracelet sizing doesn’t matter as much as rings, you still want to make sure your tennis bracelet isn’t falling off of your hands as you walk around.
One of the easiest ways to measure your wrist and get the right sizing is to wrap a piece of measuring tape around your wrist. However, you can also wrap around a ribbon or piece of string and then measure it with a ruler later.
Regardless of how you measure your wrist, make sure you give yourself some breathing room. Go about half an inch bigger than your actual wrist size so that you’re not cutting off your circulation.
And if you’re buying the bracelet as a gift and you don’t know their size, we think that anything from seven to seven and a half inches is a good estimate for women. Men might be closer to eight or nine.
Trust the Retailer
The last thing you want is to order a fancy tennis bracelet online only to receive a low-quality piece that can’t be returned. The final step in buying a tennis bracelet is to ensure that your retailer will give you the right piece for the right price.
Not only does 6 Ice provide high-quality jewelry for accessible prices, but we also offer a lifetime guarantee. This means that if your piece becomes broken or tarnished from normal wear and tear, we can work with you to provide a replacement. It’s just one of many ways we’re committed to bringing things like tennis bracelets to the masses.
Tennis bracelets are a great gift, both for others and even just for yourself. These stunning pieces are filled with diamonds on all sides, making for an all-around jewelry item that can be worn by anyone.
When choosing a tennis bracelet, pay attention to the diamonds themselves as well as the base metal. The diamonds can be assessed using the four C’s, and the base metal is mostly your personal preference. And make sure you’ve got the right size.
Regardless, it’s pretty hard to go wrong as long as you stick to your guts and do what you think looks best.